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Steering not 'tracking'

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Got the new 04/blue/5sp/ac yesterday (#543). Of course, had to take a drive. I noticed right off that the steering is responsive - too responsive.

At freeway speeds on straight, level, wide roads. I have to continuously 'jiggle' the wheel to keep it inbetween the white lines. It seems to have incremental adjustments rather than smooth moves. I move the steering wheel just a fraction to the right and it seems to take 2 or 3 degrees. This means than within a second I have to nudge it gently to the left which the car then starts drifting for the left white line. Over a few hundred miles this takes up a LOT of attention. I can only imagine what this would be like at 90mph.

I expected it to be more 'sporty' than a Civic/Accord but this is a bit too much. It can not be left 'unattended' for a second, and it does not favor any side. I've had sports cars (and a CRX) for years. This was not expected. If you plot my progress down the road from above it would be a zigzag.

Could it be toe-in?

Anybody else have this problem?
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Check your tire pressure. With the track being narrower in the rear and low air pressure any "wiggle" will be magnified.
(Dealers deliver new cars with low pressure.)

I use the std Bridgestone tires on the front and wider Goodyear Integritys on the rear. It cured most of the "wiggle" from the rain grooves here in Sunny Calif.

Long trips?...........Been across the USA in the Insight (and back) three times in three years and going again soon. No problem at high speed, construction zones? thats a different story.
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